For Immediate Release
Century Software, Inc.
Director of New Business Development
MontaVista Software, Inc.
Manager, Marketing Communications
Century Software and MontaVista Introduce First Open Source Embedded Browser for Internet Appliances
Small footprint Linux based Browser delivered at no charge as open source
SUNNYVALE, Calif. and SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. - July 14, 2000 - MontaVista Software, Inc., developer of the Hard HatTM Linux¨ operating system for embedded applications and Century Software, Inc., a leader in UNIX connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the first freely-available, open source web browser targeted specifically at the embedded Linux platform. The browser, ViewML, accelerates development and deployment of browser-enabled devices, such as hand-held computers, navigation systems, smart phones, and set-top boxes.
"MontaVista and Century Software have joined forces to meet the demands of the rapidly growing Internet Appliance market. ViewML offers OEMs a high-quality, small footprint web browser with full source code available for modifications and enhancements," said Jim Ready, CEO of MontaVista.
"This joint effort, unlike many open source projects, enjoys technical and financial backing from multiple sponsors," added Greg Haerr, Century Software CEO. "This kind of support fosters the engineering needed to produce a superior web browser targeted at embedded Linux systems. Moreover, while other embedded browsers do exist, ViewML is the only small footprint browser that is open source and completely royalty free".
Availability and Compatibility
ViewML Project source code, screen shots and frequently asked questions are available on-line at http://www.viewml.com. Hard Hat Linux is available at http://www.mvista.com. The ViewML Project expects to release regular enhancements to the browser, encouraging and integrating contributions from the open source community.
Hard Hat Linux and ViewML are available for many popular microprocessors used in embedded systems, including PowerPC, x86/Pentium, StrongARM and NEC MIPS. MontaVista's embedded CDK (Cross Development Kit) is available from http://www.mvista.com and supports cross compilation of ViewML source code into a range of embedded target systems.
About MontaVista Software, Inc.
MontaVista Software Inc., founded in 1999 by real-time operating system pioneer James Ready, delivers open-source software solutions for the worldwide embedded software market. MontaVista's principal offering is the Linux¨ operating system tailored for embedded software applications. MontaVista products include Hard HatTM Linux¨, a standard off-the-shelf binary distribution of Linux for x86, PowerPC, StrongARM, MIPS and other microprocessor architectures. Hard Hat Linux offers developers a mix of open source and standard APIs, as well as unique open source solutions for embedded design including the MontaVista real-time scheduler and Hard Hat Net CompactPCI back-plane networking. Hard Hat Linux is supported by a comprehensive tool suite including optimizing compilers for C, C++ and other languages; high-level language debuggers; and performance monitoring tools. The company's Subscription Plans also provide Linux support, porting and customization services to customers worldwide. MontaVista headquarters are in Sunnyvale, Calif., in the heart of the Silicon Valley. http://www.mvista.com
About Century Software, Inc.
Century Software is a leading provider of host access solutions in the emerging embedded Linux marketplace, as well as an established supplier of connectivity solutions for Windows to UNIX and IBM integration. The company's TERM and TinyTERM product suite provides high-end terminal emulation, file transfer, and script engine capabilities for customized host access integration. Based in Salt Lake City, Century Software was founded in 1985 and is privately held. Century Software solutions are sold through two-tier distribution in the United States and signed distributors in more than 40 countries worldwide. Century Software's CEO, Greg Haerr, is the founder and chief maintainer of the Nano-X Project. http://www.CenturySoftware.com
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. ViewML, TERM and TinyTERM are registered trademarks of Century Software Inc. Hard Hat is a trademark of MontaVista Software Inc. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.